Burness Paull partner recognised as hot stuff

30th January 2020

Michael Thomson, head of Burness Paull’s restructuring and insolvency practice, has been named in The Hot 100 as one of the UK legal sector’s rising stars.

The annual list, compiled by The Lawyer magazine, recognises the most innovative and creative lawyers from in-house, private practice and the Bar who are shaping the future of the UK legal profession.

Michael is one of only three lawyers based in Scotland to make the prestigious list.

Since arriving at Burness Paull in February 2018, becoming its youngest serving partner, he has been a game-changer for the firm’s restructuring and insolvency practice.

His vision was to put the firm on the map as the go-to practice in Scotland for advice on high-profile, complex restructuring and insolvency mandates.

From a standing start eighteen months ago he has delivered by making a name for himself at a UK-wide level and picking up roles in many of the biggest and most complex corporate insolvencies - including House of Fraser, the Arcadia Group, Interserve and Thomas Cook.

Peter Lawson, chair at Burness Paull, said: “There’s no doubt that Michael’s a very high-performer. He’s already at the top of his game and has the potential to lead the insolvency market for many years ahead.

“We know clients rate Michael’s talent and pedigree. But what shines out in their feedback is Michael’s ability to make a connection with them. He’s an all-round nice guy who’s a natural at client focus and rapport, underpinned by cutting-edge technical skills.

“We also value his fresh take on how we are doing in striking the right culture and chemistry within our team. That’s why he’s been appointed as one of just four partners from over seventy to lead on the firm’s new respect and inclusion strategy.”

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